Sunday, July 23, 2017

Hearts of Palm Calamari

We don’t have to sacrifice our oceans, the planet or animals to eat amazing food. This vegan calamari recipe is flavorful, light, crispy, and absolutely delicious. It's served with a classic cocktail sauce that perfectly compliments the crispy, tempura-battered hearts of palm. Not to mention, it only requires a few ingredients and takes just half an hour to prepare.

HEARTS OF PALM CALAMARI [VEGAN]

SERVES

3-4

COOK TIME

30

INGREDIENTS

FOR THE BATTER:

FOR THE CALAMARI:

  • 2 14-ounce cans hearts of palm, drained
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning, plus more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon seasoning of choice
  • Lemon wedges for serving
  • Salt and pepper to taste

FOR THE COCKTAIL SAUCE:

  • 1/4 cup vegan ketchup
  • 2 teaspoon extra hot horseradish
  • 1/2 lemon, squeezed
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Salt to taste

PREPARATION

TO MAKE THE BATTER:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, add tempura mix.
  2. Slowly stir in ice cold water until batter is thick and creamy, like pancake batter.
  3. Stir in the ground seaweed, salt, and pepper. Set this aside.

TO MAKE THE CALAMARI:

  1. Cut each heart of palm in half.
  2. Using your pinky or a straw, push out the soft center of the hearts of palm, leaving only a hollow barrel.
  3. Slice each barrel into 1 inch thick rings.
  4. In a large plastic bag, add the flour and the rest of the seasonings.
  5. Close the bag and shake it to ensure the flour and seasonings have been mixed together.
  6. Working in batches, add the calamari rings to batter first, then to a plastic bag.
  7. Toss the plastic bag gently until all the rings are fully coated.
  8. In a frying pan, on medium-high, heat, add coated rings to the oil.
  9. Cook them until they’re golden brown and crispy. This should take about 2-3 minutes.
  10. With a slotted spoon, remove rings from oil and transfer onto a paper towel lined plate.
  11. Serve with cocktail sauce. 

AUTHOR & RECIPE DETAILS


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Vegan recipes with a focus on good feelin’, sometimes, but not always healthy, scrumptious comfort food. Most people don’t think of delicious comfort food when they hear the word vegan and I’m here to change all that! My name is Ashley, a vegan food blogger and recipe developer. While my wife and I develop recipes that range from quick and healthy, to deep-fried and salted, we specifically focus on good feelin’, sometimes not always healthy, scrumptious comfort food. Grab a drink and let’s have some fun in the kitchen!